‘Big Bang’ stars’ salaries hit ‘Friends’ level

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It’s not a completely done deal, but it looks like the key stars of “The Big Bang Theory” have pretty much hammered out a deal with Warner Bros. Television — guaranteeing Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco — will not only be back this fall, but will be back for Seasons 8 through 10, with an option for an 11th season still on the table.

The trio are expected to make an estimated $1 million — meaning the three stars could snare something between $90 million and $100 million over the next few years. Those numbers put them into the big bucks category of the stars of the long-running “Friends” sitcom from the 1990s.

The new “Big Bang” salaries more than triples the trio’s most recent $350,000-per-episode. They also will substantially increase their ownership shares of the show — which will bring them residual payments for years to come, as the program continues in syndication.

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